Bryan Quevedo’s first pari-mutuel driving win among Aces Sunday highlights

Columbus, MN — Bryan Quevedo, 20, notched his first pari-mutuel driving win on a soggy Sunday night program (June 2) at Running Aces.

Bryan Quevedo notched his first pari-mutuel driving win aboard his own pacer, 13-year-old Robbie Burns N. Nicole Tate photo.

The big win came aboard his own pacer, 13-year-old Robbie Burns N, a horse that has been in the Quevedo barn for over a year. The pacer was owned by the family stable (Triple Q Stables) and was trained by Bryan’s dad (Edwin) and then in April was transferred to Bryan as the owner and trainer.

Bryan has sat behind the pacer five times now and his previous best finishes with him had been a fourth and a second at The Meadowlands in late April and early May, respectively.

On Sunday, they drew post two in a $5,600 claiming event and inherited the inside post after a scratch. While they took some early action on the board, when the bell rang the pair were sent off at over 6-1.

Quevedo sent his pacer away alertly and they fended off early bids by both Bunkerhill Bill (James Kennedy) and Pecorino (Rick Magee) to secure the lead. Quevedo and Robbie Burns N posted swift fractions of :28 and :56.2 and remained in firm control by over a length down the backstretch before adding onto the margin around the far turn.

They were on top by 1-1/2 lengths at the three-quarters in 1:25.1 and when they straightened in the lane there was no doubt about the winner. Robbie Burns N ($15.80) kept on going and Quevedo had just orchestrated his first pari-mutuel driving win. They checked home 4-3/4 lengths ahead of the competition and stopped the timer at 1:55.2 over a sloppy surface.

It was career win number 37 for Robbie Burns N and it pushed his career bankroll to $490,497. For Quevedo, the first pari-mutuel win came in his 11th trip behind the gate.

Majestic J (Walner, $3.20) became the first horse to score three wins in a row at Running Aces this season when he captured the $15,500 Open Handicap Trot in dramatic fashion. The winner got away fourth from post five and then charged first-up just past the three-eighths mark and made the lead as they straightened down the backside.

The 5-year-old stallion then proceeded to draw away from the field at every call, eventually hitting the wire 9-1/2 lengths ahead of his rivals in 1:55.1 for his tenth career win. Winnerup (Nick Roland) was second best and Dylan The Great (Todd Warren) was home in third.

Elson Miller is the winning trainer and driver for owner Stephanie Longo. Majestic J now shows $276,919 in career earnings.

Banker’s Quest (Jacob Cutting, $2.40) captured the $17,500 sophomore male trot with an impressive front-running score by three lengths in 2:01.2 for his second win of the year and third career win for owner/breeder Jeralene Roland and trainer Dan Roland. Wherever Rio Goes was a sharp second and Insurrectionist was home in third.

The DanJer Farms connections also scored a gate-to-wire victory in the $17,500 sophomore filly trot with Banker’s Grace (Rick Magee, $17.40) in 2:00.4 for a new career mark. Both winners are by Banker Volo. Banker’s Grace is owned by her breeder Kennedy Roland and trained by Dan Roland. Heavy favorite Adira Disa was home in second and longshot Al-Mar Puredelight checked home in third.

Greentea (Luke Plano, $3.80) captured the $7,000 second leg of The Banker Volo trotting series with a furious late charge to get up by a nose on the line over Alwaysvoodoomagic (Brandon Jenson) in 2:00.3 for his first career win for owner Jana Rucker and trainer Williams Hernandez.

Driver Luke Plano led the Sunday program with four wins while trainer Williams Hernandez scored three wins. Trainer Gerald Longo and driver Todd Warren each had two winners on the card.

Live racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (June 4) with first post at 6 p.m. (CDT) for a nine-race program that will feature a pair of carryovers: $1,397.54 in the 50-cent Hi-5 wager (race four) and $8,538.18 in the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager (race five).

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